Titans Trade No. 1 Overall Pick in 2016 NFL Draft to Rams

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistApril 14, 2016

Tennessee Titans helmets sit on the sideline in the first half of an NFL football game between the Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/James Kenney)
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The Tennessee Titans shook up the 2016 NFL draft in a big way Thursday by dealing the No. 1 overall selection to the Los Angeles Rams.

According to Jim Wyatt of Tennessee's official website, the Titans will receive the No. 15 (first round), No. 43 (second round), No. 45 (second round) and No. 76 (third round) picks in the 2016 draft, along with the Rams' first- and third-round selections in 2017.

The Titans also dealt the No. 113 (fourth round) and No. 177 (sixth round) picks in 2016 to the Rams to complete the trade.

As seen in this graphic, courtesy of the Titans, the team now owns nine 2016 draft picks in addition to the 2017 selections it picked up in the deal:

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The #Titans now own nine selections in the 2016 Draft, including six of the top 76 picks in the draft. https://t.co/3kNgqYqPyb

"Being able to acquire six players in the top 76 this year, along with next year when you factor that into it—I am assuming five in the top three rounds—that is 11 players that we can add to this football team that should not only increase our depth but give us good quality players at all those positions," Titans general manager Jon Robinson said, per Wyatt.

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Robinson: "We wanted to make sure we maximized the value of that first pick and did what was best for our football team."

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Robinson: I wasn't really shopping the pick. Teams reached out to us.

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Robinson to other teams: "My phone is still working. Feel free to call."

"Asked how many other teams besides the Rams gave the Titans 'solid offers,' Robinson answered, 'I would say a couple,'" per Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk.

Rams general manager Les Snead also spoke on the deal, per Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Daily News:

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#Rams GM Les Snead on blockbuster trade for first pick overall https://t.co/ORNHgxGKwq

Snead told reporters the team wouldn't tip its hand on the pick, saying, "It's good for the networks." 

"There will be suspense," Snead said, per Myles Simmons of the Rams' official website. "We do have a few players in mind," he continued.

"To do the trade, you have to have a good idea of what's in and around 1," Snead said, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. "I think we got a lot of the hay in the barn."

Head coach Jeff Fisher told reporters the team has already worked out both quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Jared Goff, saying, "We were the first ones in."

Per NFL Network's Michael Silver, the Rams made history by jumping from the 15th pick to the top of the first round:

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No team has ever come from this far back in the first round (15th) to acquire the top overall pick @nflnetwork

Silver also stated "the trade was completed last night, but Jeff Fisher didn't want to take away from #MambaDay [Kobe Bryant's final NBA game]," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

The last time the No. 1 overall pick was traded in some form was in 2004, when the New York Giants and San Diego Chargers swapped Philip Rivers and Eli Manning, although that deal was consummated after the picks were already made.

While the Titans may have given up an opportunity to select a superstar with the No. 1 pick, Peter King of SI.com's The MMQB pointed out that the trade will allow them to make sweeping changes to their roster:

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Titans had a great chance to rebuild roster. Felt they had to take it.

It isn't yet certain who the Rams are targeting, but they have a clear need at the quarterback position, with Case Keenum currently penciled in as the starter.

That suggests Wentz or Goff could be their focus with the top overall selection.

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller is of the belief that Goff is the best option for the Rams after their blockbuster deal and also reported that multiple sources believe the Rams will select Goff instead of Wentz:

Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times reported that the Rams are targeting Wentz. However, Farmer also reported that "Goff [is] still heavily in the mix" and that the Rams "will turn over every stone."

"I didn't know the Rams loved me that much," top cornerback Jalen Ramsey said following the trade, per ESPN's Ed Werder.

The Rams already have a fantastic running back in Todd Gurley and a strong defense, but the lack of a quality quarterback has undoubtedly prevented their development.

They may have also felt the need to make a big splash after moving to Los Angeles this offseason, and nabbing the No. 1 overall selection constitutes that.

Tennessee dealt from a position of power since it already has its quarterback of the present and future in Marcus Mariota. Now it has a golden opportunity to build around him with the treasure trove of picks it possesses.

The Titans were never going to take a signal-caller at No. 1 overall, so if the Rams do go in that direction, it could completely change the outlook of the draft for every other team as well.

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